Indian cricket board’s selection panel will meet today to select the final list of 30-players to play in the World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29, 2015.
All the 10 national teams and four qualifiers will have to submit the final list of 30-member team to the International Cricket Board on or before Sunday, December 7, 2014.
The Indian national selection board headed by Sandeep Patil is scheduled to meet at 1 pm today to select the probable 30 players who will be sent. While the majority of names are easy to select, the panel has to vet the skills of some known players for their agility to play in harsh weather conditions.
Another challenging question for selectors is to filter the players from the old team that represented in 2011 World Cup and brought home the honour, especially, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra, who are not in good form of late.
While Yuvraj himself admitted that he was almost out of the team, it would be left to the selectors whether to send him again for one last chance or focus on other players. He scored one half century in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Even Virender Sehwag’s inclusion in the list will be known today though the Delhi batsman has not put up a great form in recent matches. He scored 80 against Haryana in the north zone one-day league but his selection will be purely based on his past record. Gautam Gambhir, another player from Delhi has been consistent in form and will be picked up for the team. Harbhajan Singh may make it to the team, if Parvez Rasool and R Ashwin, fail to make it.
Ashish Nehra is another player whose selection may depend on the selectors’ preference for the leading left arm pace exponents at present — Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan — whose fitness is still not clear. But Nehra’s play during the Champions T20 League and the domestic ODIs but aged 35, he still has to stand scrutiny of the panel. Otherwise, he scored a record ODI score of 264 in the 4th match against Sri Lanka.
Then left-arm spinner Axar Patel, riding high on his breakthrough record by taking 13 wickets in the six matches against the West Indies and Sri Lanka may well be there in the team.
Otherwise, the team mostly consists of players from the following list, who played for India in ODIs since the tour of Bangladesh in June. They are Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav, Cheteshwar Pujara, Manoj Tiwary, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, R. Vinay Kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Karn Sharma, Parvez Rasool, and Axar Patel.